Legal

News and insight on the services provided by law firms for hotels and resorts and their role in transactions, contracts, human resources and other issues.

Hotels Still Grappling With Guestroom Lock Issues 

The lodging industry is in a crisis. Since July, when for unknown reasons a security researcher unveiled an easy and cheap way to gain access to hotel guestrooms equipped with certain electronic locks made by Onity, hotel owners and operators have been subject to a variety of security, financial, service and, above all, legal risks. ...

Vendor News Oct. 15, 2012 

Roundup of vendor news and notes....

Vendor News Sept. 1, 2012 

Roundup of hotel vendor news and notes....

The Lurking Dangers of Data Security 

The media constantly reports on incidents of data hacking, privacy invasions and other episodes of security breaches. All too often, the headlines involve hospitality companies. Several years ago, Marriott’s timeshare division reported a breach of its customer data, and earlier this summer, the Federal Trade Commission slapped a suit on Wyndham over a reported hack that yielded ...

Arbitration Isn’t Answer to Hotel Management Disputes 

Solving conflicts between hotel owners and the companies or brands that manage their properties can be a painful process. Several lawyers on a panel discussing management contracts at last week’s Midwest Lodging Investors Summit believe mediation or even litigation is a better approach than arbitration when disputes arise....

Vendor News May 15, 2012 

Different Ways to Restructure a Hotel Loan 

After four years of negative and negligible growth, the U.S. economy is finally showing signs of recovery. Despite this, global events including financial challenges throughout Europe and political turmoil in the Middle East may contribute to tipping our economy back into a recession. ...

Vendor News March 15, 2012 

Roundup of vendor news and notes....

Vendor News Jan. 15, 2012 

Roundup of hotel vendor news and notes....

Insurance Advice: Be Prepared and Act Quickly After Disaster 

Hurricane Irene wreaked $7 to $10 billion in damages and was reported to be one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in U.S. history. Many hotels will recoup business revenue lost due to wind damage, flooding and apprehensive travelers because they’re well insured. Others may find their coverage is minimally to totally inadequate. Whether it’s Irene’s wrath, last month’s East Coast earthquake or another natural disaster, those affected should be talking to their insurance company now, says attorney David Killalea. ...

Despite Distressed Properties, O’Hare Hotel Market Sees Signs of Life 

Operating performance is up and there’s hope for the future, but some hotels in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport market still struggle with lingering financial problems. Several properties closed and several more have new owners or will soon:...

Suit Charges City Wants to ‘Eradicate’ Unwanted Hotels 

A legal battle brewing in suburban Dallas could have significant property-rights implications for hoteliers across the nation. Owners of two InTown Suites extended-stay properties in Carrollton, TX recently sued the city, claiming it improperly revoked their lodging licenses based on a law they call “capricious and arbitrary.”...

Vendor News June 1, 2011 

Defenses Against Bed Bugs and Lawsuits 

Running any hotel has more than its share of potential lawsuits that can emerge for any number of reasons, whether a guest falling on a wet floor, employees suing for union-related issues, and sometimes, plaintiff claims that defy the imagination. Surprisingly, in today’s environment, one of the most critical legal developments is the onslaught of bed bug infestations and the havoc ...

An Owner’s Guide to the Chaotic World of Hotel Loan Restructuring 

The following is intended as a practical guide to owners considering whether and how to restructure a hotel property that can’t support or refinance its current debt....

Trophy Hotel Assets Appealing to Asian Investors 

Lynn Cadwalader, the lawyer who worked with Chinese real estate firm Shenzhen New World Group on its January acquisition of the Sheraton Universal Hotel and last year’s purchase of the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown, says her client and other Asian investors are looking to buy trophy hotel assets in the U.S....

Things to Know Before Starting Construction 

In today’s soft market, hotel owners may cut corners to stay financially healthy. But trimming costs comes with risk and must be done carefully. When choosing a contractor, price, instead of professionalism, is often the deciding factor. ...

Tax Credits Fuel Philly Homewood Suites Project 

When the Homewood Suites University City broke ground in December, it was a first to many people for many reasons. For the developer, Campus Apartments, it marks the company’s first hotel project. For the City of Philadelphia, it is the first recipient of an EnergyWorks loan ...

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